How To Clean And Prepare Fresh Carp

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 How To Clean And Prepare Fresh Carp

Carp, rich in nutrition, is an extremely popular fish for anglers to go after because these are extremely beneficial for health and fitness. Carp is used as an important food source for health and fitness in Europe and Asia. The meat is tender and delicious enough for cooking, making soup and snacks.

  • The carp fish provides high levels of proteins
  • It increases human absorption rate to up to 96%
  • It also supplies essential amino acids, minerals, vitamin A and vitamin D.
  • Meat of this fish is rich in zinc, which boosts the immune system and slows the aging process as well.
  • It helps to accelerate the healing of wounds and is involved in bone formation
  • It also contains a lot of sulfur that is helpful to cartilage, skin, hair, nails, assimilation of nutrients
  • Its meat is also helpful to regulate blood sugar in the body
  • Carp soup has a strong tonic effect and is very suitable for the elderly and weak patients eating
  • Carp meal can prevent atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease.

If you have a fresh carp, you will want to cook it as soon as possible. But first, you have to clean and prepare it. In order to prepare fresh carp, you need to scale it first. The carp has very large scales (over 1/2 inch wide) and you have to scale the fish first before cooking it.

1. Scaling the Carp

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Scale the fish by drawing the knife across the body, from head to tail. Then rinse the body and throw the scales away. Next, you need to filter the carp.

2. Filtering the carp – Step 1

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Begin the filtering by cutting into the meat behind the gills with a sharp knife. You don’t want to use a dull knife for this task.

3. Filtering the carp – Step 2

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Slice to the backbone and ribs, then lift and slice towards the tail. When finished, flip the fish over and repeat the same thing to the other side.

4. Skinning a carp fillet

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In some cases, you can grill a fish fillet with the skin on (salmon), but carp have a ‘mud vein’ just under the skin, which is nice to remove. You have to skin the carp to get to it. With the meat side up, start cutting slowly along the width at one end of the filet, until you can lay your knife sideways in the slit. Carve with pressure towards the cutting board, in long strokes the length of the knife. Hold the skin back with the other hand.

5. Remove the mud vein

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Remove the mud vein by making a v-cut on either side of the dark, lateral line and remove the meat and vein running along it.

6. Cook the carp

Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8×8-inch baking dish and place the carp fillets in it. Cover with a layer of lemon slices to keep the fish moist or/and place aluminum foil on top. Or, if you’d like to cook the whole fish, take a look at this great oven roasted carp recipe.